News from the city…

Partners Launch Registry Week to Survey Homeless in Indianapolis in Effort to Identify Those in Need of Housing Event Kicks Off City’s Participation in 100,000 Homes Campaign, a National Effort to House 100,000 Homeless by July 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – The City of Indianapolis, Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) will be joined by community partners in kicking off the Indianapolis Registry Week Survey. The survey will create a by-name, photographic registry of local homeless and prioritize the most vulnerable for housing. Volunteers will traverse across the Indianapolis community to find, identify and survey the area’s homeless.

A local coalition spearheaded by CHIP and CSH has teamed up with the nationally renowned organization Community Solutions and its 100,000 Homes Campaign ( The program has become a national model for reducing and eliminating homelessness in major urban metropolitan areas including New York City’s Times Square.

Indy Greenways Public Open House

Indy Parks is preparing a master plan for the Indy Greenways System (see below). They want to get your input. Come anytime during this public open house to tell us your thoughts on greenway issues, design and the future of the system.

Wednesday February 20, 2013

Open House: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Short overview presentation @ 6:30pm

Eagle Creek Salvation Army Community Center (this is not the store)

4400 North High School Road
Indianapolis, IN

The Indianapolis Greenway System is a world class urban multiuse trail that connects people in the cities of Indianapolis, Lawrence, and Speedway as well as neighborhoods, commercial districts, schools and parks, cultural features and historic sites in the townships of Washington, Center, Lawrence, Wayne, Warren and Pike.

Indianapolis Greenways is transforming the way our community connects and interacts. Over the last two decades, we have built a network of Greenways trails, which provide more option for residents to travel, exercise and build stronger communities while safely interacting with vehicles. Indy Parks’ Greenways offer opportunities for recreation and fitness, protect vital wildlife habitat, promote open space and wetland conservation and spur economic development.

Clean Up Completed At ESI – 4910 West 86th Street

ESI facility in Indianapolis.

Cleanup of the ESI Environmental Inc. site was recently completed by a group of companies considered potentially responsible for the contamination. The companies were doing the cleanup in response to a legal agreement they signed in 2011. On Oct. 9, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a notice of completion letter to the companies stating that all of the requirements listed in the agreement had been met.

ESI was a commercial used oil and wastewater treatment facility that filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 1, 2010. EPA started a cleanup of the facility in October 2010. In April 2011, the group of companies, called a PRP group, took over the cleanup in response to the legal agreement.
For more information about the ESI cleanup contact the EPA On-Scene Coordinator Verneta Simon at 800-621-8431, Ext. 63601, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., weekdays, or


Happy New Year! Our zip lines are hibernating for the winter, but will re-open March 2nd. However, you can book your adventure today! Be sure to stay posted to our website and Facebook page as we’ll be announcing new course openings for 2013!

The regular cost is $55 for adults and $35 for children ages 10-17. Go Ape! is a highly interactive treetop adventure where participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers to explore the Eagle Creek forest canopy. The courses, which can be completed in two to three hours, feature a series of zip lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes. Participants also receive a 30-minute training session to start their adventure.

Don’t forget about Karen’s community hours…..

Mondays 1-5pm
Salvation Army Community Center – 44th and High School Road

Wednesdays 1-5pm
Pike Library – 6525 Zionsville Road

Please stop by to share your concerns or just stop by to say hello.

Picture of Karen waiting for you to come see her during her community hours at Pike Library

Karen Lightbourne is the Northwest Outer Region Neighborhood Liaison for the city of Indianapolis. This includes most of Pike Township. Her contact information is here.

71st Steet Bike Lanes

The City of Indianapolis is incorporating bike boxes into this project at:

71st at Lakeview and Cross Key Drives where the on-street bike lane starts and ends and the multi-use path continues west into Eagle Creek Park

73rd St at Spring Mill Rd where the bike route continues north up Spring Mill Rd

A bike box is a designated area at the head of a traffic lane at a signalized intersection that provides bicyclists with a safe and visible way to get turning bicyclists ahead of queuing traffic during the red signal phase. Bike boxes serve as an advanced stop bar and do not affect moving traffic. Residents can find more information on

Starting the New Year with Legal Questions? The IndyBar Has Answers. Free Legal Advice January 8, 2013

Determined to solve a nagging problem in the New Year? Free legal advice from local lawyers is only a phone call away. On Tuesday, January 8, the Indianapolis Bar Association will offer Legal Line, a free legal advice call-in service from 6 to 8 p.m. at 317-269-2000.

Licensed Indiana attorneys participating in Legal Line will be prepared to answer questions on such topics as divorce, child custody, child support, landlord/tenant issues, bankruptcy, personal injury, employment law and more. All calls are confidential. Those with complex legal issues or anyone seeking representation are encouraged to contact the IndyBar’s Lawyer Referral Service at (317) 269-2222, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or go online to

Individuals with questions about bankruptcy can also contact the IndyBar’s Bankruptcy Help Line on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at (317) 269-1910.

These community services are sponsored by the Indianapolis Bar Association, a 134 year old organization of Indianapolis area attorneys, judges, paralegals and law students, and are made possible through the generosity of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

Adopt a “Pike” Block

Every block counts!

Do your part by helping to keep the street, sidewalks, alleyways, curbs and sewer drains around your house clean of litter on an ongoing basis!

Sign up to coordinate neighbors to keep your block clean and beautified through the Adopt-A-Block program with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.!

Your block will be scored for its cleanliness on a monthly basis, April through October. In return for keeping your block clean, you will receive resources — gloves, trash bags, tools, flowers and trees!

A clean block is a safe block!

• Clean blocks send the signal to criminals that someone cares, and reduces instances of illegal dumping and property crimes.

• Blocks free of litter result in increased property values for our homes.

• The activity of cleaning our block will help us get to know our neighbors and feel a stronger sense of community.


Do you know of a place in Pike Township that could use a little sprucing up? Read On….

The 2013 April Great Indy (Pike Township) Cleanup is Just Around the Corner!

Saturday April 27, 2013

KIB’s Great Indy Cleanup is an anti-litter program in partnership with the City of Indianapolis designed to combat heavy litter and debris that has accumulated in public spaces such as streets, alleys, greenspaces and waterways. The Great Indy Cleanup program runs weekends from April through October and provides dumpsters, trash bags and gloves while supplies last. Community groups may sign up for up to two cleanups per year. Please remember, the dumpster provided is not for personal use (cleaning out garages, basements, homeowner association property, etc.) or the personal use of volunteers/neighbors. Disposal of the collected trash is donated by South Side Landfill, and is intended for cleanup of public spaces only. Failure to comply jeopardizes the neighborhood’s ability to benefit from future resources from KIB.

Requests for the April 2013 Great Indy Cleanup will be accepted starting February 11, 2013.

KIB Great Indy Cleanup

Crooked Creek Transportation Forum

Join us Tuesday, January 8th from 6pm to 8pm, to hear experts discuss the

present transportation and connectivity infrastructure for Northwest Indianapolis

We will discuss innovative ideas on:

Walkability, Biking, Accessibility, Car Sharing, and Public Transit

Help our neighborhood form a new vision for transportation in Northwest Indy
Food and Drink will be provided

The Hub
Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation
7003A N Michigan Rd

Please RSVP:

Scott Armstrong at

Or by calling 317-257-5388

Click here for Transportation Summit 2013 Flyer